Mother's Day Memorial Poems

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Mother's Day holds a different meaning for anyone whose mom has passed away. Poems for this occasion can offer comfort and pay tribute to one of the most important individuals in anyone's life - their mom

Memorialize Mom with Poetry

Just because a mother has passed away, there's no reason her family shouldn't continue to celebrate Mother's Day and pay tribute to her memory. Reading a poem to honor her is a lovely way to bring her back in their midst as they share favorite memories of her life.

Remember Your Mom

When your mother dies
It doesn't matter how old you are.
You still feel like an orphan because
You've lost your guiding star.

She's the one you've always turned to
Whenever anything went wrong.
She's the one who cleaned your skinned knees
And chased nightmares away with a song.

She was there to celebrate
All your important days with you,
Like birthdays, and holidays,
And your very first day of school.

It was easy to take her for granted
Because you knew she'd always be there,
Until the day that she wasn't,
And you discovered life truly wasn't fair.

So each Mother's Day take a moment to
Remember the best things about her,
Like her gentle hands and open arms,
And how close the two of you were.

And you can be sure she's in Heaven
Thinking of you on this day above any other.
That's because you are the wonderful reason
That she became a mother.

Things I Miss About You

Memorial photo of mom in her prime

It's Mother's Day again,
And I'm trying to make it through,
Because this day reminds me
Of all the things I miss about you.

I miss your face smiling down at me,
With love shining from your eyes.
I miss the way you'd laugh at my jokes
So hard that it made you cry.

I miss the touch of your dear hands,
How gentle and kind they could be.
And I miss the warth of your hugs, and how
You'd wrap me up tight as could be.

I miss the smell of your perfume,
The way it lingered in the air.
Sometimes I think I smell it again,
And I get a sense that you're there.

I miss the way you could always tell
When something in my life had gone wrong,
How you'd talk to me until I felt better,
Your words soothed me like a song.

And so I sit here once again
Remembering these things I miss
And this year, just like every year,
I make a silent wish.

I wish that one day I'll see you again,
Whole, and safe, and sound.
That you'll take my hand securely in yours,
And for Heaven we'll be bound.

I'll Celebrate Instead of Cry

Another Mother's Day is here,
And I still miss having you near.
You were the best mom you could be,
And I never once doubted your love for me.

I could spend each Mother's Day in sorrow,
Crying and wishing you were here,
But instead I choose to celebrate your life,
A life I still hold so dear.

I know you'd rather see me smile
Than stand here with tears in my eyes.
So I'll do my best to honor your memory,
And you'll live on as long as I am alive.

Famous Poets Memorialize Their Moms

In the spirit of the day, you might like to read a few poems composed by famous poets paying homage to their mothers.

  • My Mother by Claude McKay - McKay recounts how his mother sent him out to play even though she surely knew she was dying.
  • To the Memory of My Mother by Barry Tebb - Tebb laments the spring his mother will not see and her last hours on earth.
  • Sonnet for Mother by John Matthew - Matthew paints a fanciful verbal portrait of his mother's body as it was prepped for her journey into the clouds.

Sharing Your Poems

There are a number of ways to share these kinds of poems, whether you write an original poem yourself or wish to read a favorite piece composed by someone else. You can include a poen in a note you send to far away siblings on Mother's Day, or you can have everyone gather around a portrait of your mom on Mother's Day and take turns reading poems about her. Just do whatever feels right to you as you continue honoring your mom on her special day.

Mother's Day Memorial Poems